Columbia Journalism Review – worth reading

July 6, 2007
I thought that some of you may not be aware of this excellent online journal, Columbia Journalism Review. The latest issue looks great. Check it out and consider subscribing (free).

Dear reader,
Greetings from Columbia Journalism Review.
Our July issue is in the mail, with many articles that we hope you find significant and interesting. For example:
Cover Story: Prisoner 345
Rachel Morris explores Gitmo and the case of the only journalist imprisoned there. What happened to Sami al Haj
Damage Report
Craig Flournoy and Tracy Everbach find that most of the journalists who left The Dallas Morning News landed on their feet. Those who stayed are not so sure
Bending to Power
Bruce Page traces the sorry history of News Corp. (Web Only)
Julia Klein spots pigs with wings at The Philadelphia Inquirer
The editors tell the fable of the scorpion and The Wall Street Journal
Stephen Totilo finds real journalism in the unreal world of Second Life
Jim Wooten remembers his friend David Halberstam
Douglas McCollam X-rays Norman Pearlstine’s Off the Record
Anthony Marro sheds light on Robert Novak’s Prince of Darkness
Gloria Cooper says goodbye to Darts & Laurels
And much more. We hope you enjoy it.
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More on Ms Mirthala Salinas

July 6, 2007

The Spanish-language television news anchor, Mirthala Salinsa, who has been outed for a two-year affair with Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, (shown pictured, right) continues to make headlines around the world.

Ms Salinas has been condemned for a serious breach of ethics – basically that reporters don’t sleep with sources. I’ve been around long enough to know that this is not the first, or last time this will happen. Politico-journo marriages and affairs have been a staple of reporters’ bar room gossip for hundreds of years. News is sexy; it’s exciting and there’s always plenty of hormonal “juice” in the air.

However, that’s no justification it seems. This is because the other side of journalism is quite nasty. If there’s blood in the water, or a sniff of scandal in the air, all bets and confidences are off.

The bottom line though, is that the noise and blather about this case is hypocritical. The unwritten code has always been, “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” but when the rumours are confirmed, like in this story, “move in for the kill.”

Unfortunately, the mayor will probably survive – after all he’s a bloke who can’t keep it in his pants (entirely excusable in the topsy-turvy world of sexual politics). She on the other hand is obviously a sl*t who’s an insatiable Latina nymphomaniac and she deserves to be burned at the stake like the obvious witch she is (I’m being sarcastic here, just in case you can’t read between the lines).

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